- Because there have been changes in the team
- Because you're a new manager
- Because the team needs to start working differently
- Because there are external changes that the team will have to respond to
- Because you always have an away day at this time of year
- Because you want the team to spend some time together
All of these are legitimate reasons to have an awayday, and you should be able to make progress. But if your participants feel their time has been wasted, and they would have been better off getting on with their day to day work, you risk your awayday doing more harm than good.
So you need to give some thought to the question WHAT DO YOU WANT TO ACHIEVE?
Here are a few examples of reasons managers have given for wanting to have an awayday:
"The team is divided into people who've been there for many years, and newer arrivals, and a split is developing between the two 'camps'. I want them to come together."
“I've been in post for three months and I'd like us all to know each other better.”
“The department has a new five year Strategic Plan and we need to work out how we'll respond to changes.”
“We've been in a steady state for some time, and I feel that it's time for us to start work on our vision for the future.”
“I notice that people work in their own 'silos' and I'd like them to understand each other's work better.”
“We don't communicate well and this can cause problems.”
“It's an important opportunity, at the end of a busy and difficult year, to celebrate and confirm how we work together.”